In my monthly recap I share my month in books and blog posts. Inspired by In My Mailbox by The Story Siren and Keeping Up with the Blogosphere by Radiant Shadows . And all other recap posts!
I purchased: Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice, Bloodlines and The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, Altered by Jennifer Rush, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Peculiar by Stephen Bachman, Tempest by Julie Cross, The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Roth, Glitch by Heather Anastasiu, The Madman's Daughter by Megan Sheperd, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, Pivot Point by Kasie West and Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Have you read (and loved) any of these? Which should I read asap?
What happened on Paper Riot...
Joint Review of The Evolution of Mara Dyer with Cassie: The lovely Cassie and I combined forces to ramble about our favorite parts, Noah Shaw, our favorite quotes and THAT ENDING OMG.
Review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: I confess that I want to sit around a campfire and listen to Marissa Meyer tell ghost stories, and meet my new favorite kick-ass heroine.
Review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: Sugar sweet but brutally honest, cute but unexpectedly serious, simple but very complicated, Eleanor & Park is one of the most authentic books I've read in a long time.
Top Ten Characters I Want To Be When I Grow Up: Yes, this is a genre.
Review of Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi: This book absorbed me. It was raw and emotional and gorgeous. Much like Juliette, this book made me feel like OH MY EMOTIONSSS.
Books Belong to Their Readers - A Piece of Mind post: I try to explain why not everyone will like the same books, though that mostly ends in me wanting to hit that person for hating on my faves.
Review of Altered by Jennifer Rush: This book made my heart pound, and not just because it was so freaking thrilling the entire time.
...and in the book blogging world
All My Reviews Sound the Same (Feat. Jennifer Lawrence) at Makeshift Bookmark. First: I have been noticing what Jen says about how all her reviews sound kind of the same on my own blog as well. It's been annoying me for a while, but somehow I don't know how to change it. Second: Jennifer. Freaking. Lawrence.
ARCs, Blog Hauls and Jealousy at Radiant Shadows. Though I understand jealousy, I don't think it should keep people from posting book hauls. If you can't share your love for books on the book blogosphere, I don't know where else you could.
Daily Dishonesty by Lauren Hom. Meet my new favorite graphic designer! Lauren Hom creates the most gorgeous typography, and her daily dishonesties are so funny. I may or may not have used all of these lines at some point.
Discussion: Do Reviews Get Read at Readers in Wonderland. I always wonder about this. Though I like to read everything I comment on and always hope people do the same thing, I'm not so sure if this actually happens. Lovely discussion.
Genres: They Shall Be My Undoing at Queen Ella Bee Reads. Remember when I used to label my reviews? It used to be so easy to have a book and say "this is a fantasy" or "this is a dystopia". Well, NOT ANYMORE. Gaby shares my frustration.
Socially Disconnected! at Book Rock Betty. Though I'm not saying I don't have my phone next to me right now, I do hate it when you meet people who look at their phone every five minutes. Especially when they're talking to me. Um, hello? I'm right here.
(You Drive Me) Crazy at So Obsessed With. Hannah wrote a brilliant post slash cry for help on how to keep up with commenting, something I've been thinking about for a while now. I used to be Comment Queen, but lately I've been slacking and it annoys me very much.
other things that happened
I participated in the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon, hosted by Alexa and Katelyn, which was so much fun. It honestly made me want to hug every one of you for spreading the love and being so wonderful and kind and oh my goodness there I go again. I had a lot of fun. Check out my posts of that day: